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The Gold Coast gained a touch of European style when Sofia’s Broadbeach opened on the ground floor of The Oasis late in 2020. Owner Henry Hunt brings us an all-day dining venue oozing the casual sophistication of coastal Italy yet accessible enough for a weekday lunch. Arms stretched wide in welcome, Sofia’s open-faced bar and...
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When it comes to running a food business, the ‘frontman’ counts. It’s essential to have a dynamic personality that people gravitate to, a natural charm that entices us off our seats. Fortunately, Benita Salvatore, the proprietor of Kilometre Zero cooking classes, has personality in bucketloads. “Ciao e Benvenuti!” Benita greets fellow foodies enthusiastically as they...
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Little Cooly pizza pasta bar opened recently, taking a prime position upstairs in The Strand overlooking the golden sands of Coolangatta Beach. We’re a city of tribal people, each group with its own feel, its own lifestyle and its own favourite spots. The Cooly gang is a casual lot with a beach-centric lifestyle. They know...
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Costa D’Oro is a rarity, a restaurant that has survived the changing culture of the city, catering for tourists and dual city dwellers, supported by locals most of all. I have memories of the old Surfers, in particular of the heart of Surfers. We would spend weekends and holidays here, my memories including days drinking...
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Great seafood restaurants will never go out of vogue. In fact, people will travel out of their way to visit, even crossing borders to dine on the best the ocean has to offer. My first trip across the border post-lockdown was well spent with a visit to Gallura Italian. We had heard so much about...
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Nothing shows us love more than a great Italian meal. It’s not just the food, it’s also the atmosphere and the service. They’re parts of a story that together adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Follow the smell of pizza from down the street, the sound of music and laughter lilting...
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If you asked us to name a restaurant that’s a local secret; a place that Gold Coast residents from a couple of suburbs away may not even know about yet it engenders fierce loyalty from those who do, then That’s Amore would be on the tip of our tongue. It’s an uber-local secret. A family...
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Writing about food is like a box of chocolates. You can reach into the box, but you’re never quite sure what flavour you’re going to get. Sometimes it’s not the one you feel like; it may even be downright disappointing. Sometimes it comes in the wrong wrapper. But for every meal that disappoints us, for...
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Matt Jefferson doesn’t do anything by halves. The owner/chef who guided Rocksalt Modern Dining and then Social Eating House and Bar on the Gold Coast to critical acclaim and consecutive Good Food Guide hats has now opened his third restaurant, together with his wife Dayna: Orzo on Oracle Boulevard, bringing sophisticated modern Italian dining to...
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Australia is a land of immigrants, all of whom have put a bowl on the Australian dining table. The Greater Ipswich area is home to immigrants from many countries, each one bringing with them their national specialty dishes. We don’t need to travel to try the cuisine of other countries. It has come to us!...